Taking Fido on Vacation
While on vacation, pet parents can go through as much separation anxiety as the pets do, worrying ourselves about how our pet is coping without us. We speak from experience! The solution? Take Fido on vacation!
Research shows that almost a third of holiday-makers base their trip on how suitable it is for their dog. Cruises, ferries and airlines are all accommodating certain pets on board now. Greek ferries even have dog friendly cabins. Some cruises have a dog ‘nursery’ with activities and play space. There is also a growing list of dog friendly hotel chains, and dog friendly cottages through Air Bnb.
If your dog is vaccinated against rabies and has a microchip and health certificate, the world is his oyster because dog friendly vacations abound.
Dog Friendly Hotel Chains
Hotel chains all over the world are rolling out the red carpet for you and your best friend. We’ve done the leg work to find the 22 most dog friendly hotel chains in Europe, USA, and all over the world along with their pet policies. You never know, your favorite chain might be on the list!
Dog Friendly Air BnB
With so many rent-by-owner listings, hotel chains are no longer your only option. For dog owners, a house in the countryside might be more suitable for your pooches, with a veranda to hang out on, a garden to play in, and hikes and country walks at your doorstep.
To find out if an Air BnB listing is dog friendly, scroll down to the House Rules section of the listing’s description. If it’s dog friendly it will state that here. It is also a good idea to contact the host about your dog because some have restrictions.
To find listings where dogs are allowed:
- Go to airbnb.com and click Homes
- Click More filters at the top of the page
- On the More filters page, scroll to the bottom of the page and under House rules, check the Pets Allowed box
Dog Friendly Cruises
There’s nothing quite as much fun as exploring new lands on a boat. We think your dog will agree! He can cruise between New York and England on the Queen Mary 2, explore Germany and the Netherlands on a dog friendly riverboat, take in Norway’s Fjords, cruise the coast and waterways of the United States, ride ferries between Italy and Greece, Spain, France and England and explore the Greek Isles. Read our list of dog friendly cruises, and start planning your next adventure!
Pet Holidays and Tour Companies
Some tour companies are catering to dog owning travelers who wish to adventure with their pooch.
Contour Walking Holidays in the UK have dog friendly walking tours of Scotland, Wales and all over England including the Cotswolds, the South West coastal path, a coast to coast walk in the North, and the Yorkshire Dales to name but a few. Walks range from an easy day walk to multi-day treks. Your dog will love you for it!
US-based Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours creates great travel experiences for humans and their dogs. They ensure that all places and activities planned are safe and dog-friendly making it easy for you to take your dog on life-transforming and amazing adventures.
Dog Travel Company is another US-based companying offering dog friendly vacation packages within the United States. They can also book your dog friendly sea, air, train or bus journey.
Top Dog Pet Travel is a more adventurous dog vacation travel agent offering amazing experiences like white water rafting, charter cruises, tours of Europe, the Bahamas and the best of the U.S.
Flying with a Dog
Flying with your dog is not as difficult as you might think. Read all about pet passports, dog friendly airlines, and travel tips in our article, Flying with a Dog.
Dog Friendly Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés
We list some amazing Dog Friendly Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés around the world so you can hang out with your dog while on vacation with him.
Record your dog’s travels with our free WAGSTA walkies, weight and wellness tracker. Save memories of your adventures together!